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tv   Weekly Democratic Address  CSPAN  February 4, 2017 1:50pm-1:56pm EST

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nation to have given us such a brave and selfless patriot as ryan. we will never forget him. we will never, ever forget those who served just believe me -- and i will never forget that my responsibility is to keep you, the american people, safe and free. that's why last week, i signed an executive order to help keep terrorists out of our country. it establishes a process to develop new vetting and mechanisms to ensure those coming into america love and support our people, that they have good intentions. on every single front, we are working to deliver for american workers and american families. you, the law-abiding citizens of this country, are my total priority. your safety, your jobs, and your wages guide our decisions. we are here to serve you, the great and loyal citizens of the united states of america.
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the forgotten men and women will never be forgotten again because from now on, it's going to be america first. that's how i got elected. that's why you voted for me, and i will never forget it. god bless you and god bless america. >> in less than one month, president donald trump has disrespected the rule of law, initiated executive orders that tear at the fabric of our democracy. he has imposed an illegal ban on refugees based on religion. he has refused to divest his business interest. he is trying to stifle a free press. the united states supreme court 's role in preventing abuses of executive power and defending the constitution will be tested as never before. we need a supreme court justice who is independent and not beholden to ideology, a justice who will defend our democracy. this week, president trump named judge neil gorsuch to fill the
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vacancy on the supreme court. i want to share with you, the american people, what is at stake with this nomination, one of the most consequential in our nations history. has cited with corporations over the environment, the disabled, the consumers. he has cited with corporations that withhold needles pay and improperly fire workers. he has sided with corporations over the reproductive rights and health of women. when trump repeatedly promised to appoint a supreme court justice to overturn roe versus wade, he has found a potential ally in judge neil gorsuch. his record gives every american reason to be concerned that the basic protections to keep families safe, healthy, and protected, will be at risk if he is appointed to our nation's highest court. as the trump administration wages its assault on our core democratic values, we need a
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justice who will uphold the constitutional rights of all americans and not improperly expand the influence of corporate interests. on the campaign trail, donald trump told supporters he would use an ideological litmus test to select a nominee who would advance a far right wing agenda from the bench. president trump has delivered an nominated a candidate for the supreme court who is outside the judicial mainstream, so we must ask ourselves -- who will stand up to president trump? it will not be his cabinet of big oil, big thanks, and billionaires. it will not be republicans in congress who are rubberstamping all of the president's cabinet nominees and policies. anald trump railed against rigged political system, but make no mistake -- he is trying to rig the supreme court against hard-working americans, and we cannot let him. my democratic colleagues in the senate will do their constitutional duty and subject
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judge gorsuch to the most rigorous scrutiny that any supreme court nominee has ever received, and senate democrats are going to insist that judge gorsuch is subject to the same 60-boat threshold that president to meet.ominees had democrats in the united states senate are unified when it comes to the defense of your rights and our time-honored democratic values. thank you for this opportunity to speak with you, and god bless america. >> the 60-volt threshold has not applied to judicial or executive branch nominees since late 2013 when senate democrats in the majority changed the filibuster rule. the one exception was supreme court nominees, who still require 60 votes to advance in the senate. based on the current balance of power, the nomination of judge gorsuch could fall short of the
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requirement, which has led some to call on mitch mcconnell to change the rules, much like democrats did a few years ago, by using the so-called nuclear option. next, we will look at that debate on the filibuster between senator mcconnell and then senate majority leader harry reid. americaneid: the people believe congress is broken. the american people believe the senate is broken, and i believe the american people are right. during this congress, the 113th congress, the united states has wasted an unprecedented amount of time on procedural hurdles and partisan obstruction. as a result, the work of this country goes undone. congress should be passing legislation that strengthens our economy, protect american families. instead, we are bringing wasted hours and wasted

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